They established a general-merchandise-grocery on Water Street.
Born in Bavaria, Germany, they came to the Pacific province in 1858 following the gold rush in that region.
The Oppenheimer brothers settled in the Vancouver district in 1885, a year before the city was founded. Ltd., Vancouver’s oldest business, built the first wholesale grocery in the city’s first brick building, still extant in the district of Gastown.
In 1887 David and Isaac Oppenheimer were members of the Vancouver city council and in 1888 David Oppenheimer (1834-1897) was elected the city’s second mayor, holding office for four years. The Oppenheimer brothers also purchased large pieces of land that by the end of the 19th century turned them into the third largest land-owners in Vancouver. At the end of the 19th century Vancouver began receiving Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe.
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Ghiuzeli Vancouver, a city in the Province of British Columbia, is the third most populous city in Canada.
It is home to Canada’s third largest Jewish community with approximately seven percent of the Canadian Jews living in Vancouver metropolitan area.
The south-west region of the modern Province of British Columbia started to attract large numbers of immigrants after the 1850’s.
Among those early settlers, many driven to the region by the prospect of gold rush, others by various commercial opportunities, were several Jewish immigrants who arrived from the American West, eastern and central provinces of Canada, and from Europe.
The establishment of the Jewish community of Vancouver resulted basically from the activities of a number of individuals.
Their commitment to Judaism and their fellow Jewish settlers made possible the beginnings of the Jewish life on the Canadian West coast.
One of the first Jewish European settlers in the region was the Polish-born Louis Gold (1835-1907), known as “Leaping” Louis, who along with his family arrived in the area of Vancouver in the early 1870’s.